Presbyterians for Earth Care is a program of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Its goal – to inspire churches to care for God’s earth in a holistic way, through integrating earth care into all of church life.
In April 2017 we received our First Year Certification from PC(USA).
To become an Earth Care Congregation, churches affirm the Earth Care Pledge to integrate environmental practices into all facets of congregational life including the four categories of worship, education, facilities and outreach. The certification is renewed annually.
The Earth Care Congregation program is part of the Presbyterian Hunger Program. The PC(USA) believes that hunger, poverty, and environmental destruction are linked areas of concern. In 1990 the General Assembly of the PCUSA adopted Restoring Creation for Ecology and Justice, which calls our denomination to engage in the tasks of restoring God’s creation. This is a long-term effort – for cherishing God’s creation enhances the ability of the church to achieve its other goals.
Some examples of MCPC’s ongoing Earth Care efforts include:
▪ Worship: Pastor Diane has included Earth Care concepts in her selection of hymns, scriptures, sermon emphasis, and the use of Eco-palms for Palm Sunday.
▪ Education: Our children’s ministries (Church School & Bright Start) intentionally include Earth Care teachings and practices (e.g. the Bright Start garden, composter, outside lessons, & nature-walks.)
▪ Facilities: Maximizing LED lighting & motion sensor lights, recycling, minimizing the use of paper products or disposable plastic silverware and new washable cotton tablecloths.
▪ Outreach: carpooling for regional events, having a presence at the local Farmers’ Market, modeling our Earth Care actions for those who use our building; installing a new water fountain – with a bottle filler; and donating our left-over pumpkins to area pig and goat farmers.